Yet another former Kentucky Wildcat is headed to the New York Knicks.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has signed a one-year deal with the Knicks, joining Immanuel Quickley, Julius Randle, Kevin Knox, Nerlens Noel and Kenny Payne in New York.
The New York Knicks are signing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to a one-year contract, a source tells ESPN.
Kidd-Gilchrist gives New York someone who can guard multiple positions. He was one of the better defensive players that was still on the free agent board.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) November 28, 2020
Newsday’s Steve Popper is reporting that the deal is expected to be an Exhibit 10 contract, meaning he will participate in training camp with the team in hopes of making the 15-man roster.
The 27-year-old forward appeared in 25 games last season with the Charlotte Hornets and Dallas Mavericks, with the former waiving the former Wildcat in February before signing a one-year deal with the latter to keep him in Dallas the remainder of the season.
The former Kentucky star averaged a career-low 11.2 minutes per game last season, including just 9.3 minutes per contest in 13 regular season games with the Mavericks and 9.2 minutes per game in six games in the NBA Playoffs.
Originally drafted by Charlotte with the second overall pick in 2012, Kidd-Gilchrist has averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds over the course of his eight-year career.
In his lone season at Kentucky, the 6-foot-6 forward was a consensus second-team All-American, along with earning first-team All-SEC honors and being named to the All-SEC Defensive Team, All-SEC Freshman Team, and NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.
Alongside several former Wildcats and coached by Payne, will Kidd-Gilchrist be able to revitalize his career with the Knicks?